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Sunday, June 15, 2008


Our question was: How can you spot "ringer" (someone who's a pro but acts like an amateur) in a poker game or other game?

Answer: One good way is if he doesn’t look at you when he’s calling, he’s probably a pro. Amateurs look you in the eye to show you they’re “honest.” Also, amateurs tend to bet fast while pros take their time. Naturally, there are always exceptions to the above.

Like anything, there are no hard and fast rules. The better you are at observing your opponents particular habits, the more likely you are to beat them. A large percentage of the time, people give away clues to their behavior. Patience and observation are the name of the game.

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